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Lower Lake Trail System

Skagway:

Skagway is a small compact bicycle friendly community, having paved shoulders throughout the community and slow vehicle speeds. The Skagway terminal of the Alaska’s Marine Highway is located one quarter of a mile south of town making an easy connecting to the historic rich downtown. Both bike routes are located at the perimeter of downtown.

Skagway has excellent cycling services and is served by one bike shop. Sockeye Cycle is a full service shop offering bicycle repair, new and used bicycles for sale, and rentals. They provide numerous guided bicycle tours in Skagway including down from the Klondike Highway summit, to Dyea and the start of the Chilkoot trail, and Train and Bike, or Bike and Raft trips. Tours also include multi-day rides of the Golden Circle Route (Haines to the Yukon and back down to Skagway), Bike and Raft tours in the Yukon, and tours throughout Southeast Alaska. They also offer information on self-guided tours. Sockeye Cycle is located downtown at 381 Fifth Street, (877) 292-4154 or (907) 983-2851, www.cyclealaska.com. Skagway also has limited auto service stations that can provide a basic level of service. There are no cycling services on the two bike routes. Bicycle racks are located throughout the community and can be found at local destinations including super markets, the ferry terminal, and public facilities.

Summary:

This trail begins near the downtown area and rapidly passes through a variety of wildlife habitats and past cultural artifacts; hikers, runners, bikers and campers enjoy this trail as a loop or one-way.

Activity:

Mountain biking with hiking use

Intrinsic Quality:

cultural/historical

Length:

5 mile loop

Elevation:

200 feet elevation gain

Difficulty:

Icy in winter

Starting Point:

From the ferry terminal take Broadway North to 2nd Ave; go east to the railway tracks; go north 150 meters to trailhead on the right.

Google Earth File:

Click HERE to download a Google Earth file of the bicycle route. To view profile in Google Earth, right-click on the route in the 'Places' window and choose 'Show Elevation Profile.' Note: Trail route is approximate. Also, the imagery that Google uses is slightly shifted.

Weather:

HERE is the official National Weather Service forecast for the trail location. To view the current FAA webcam image from Skagway, click HERE.